Local riders fare well at state meet

staff report / The Bulletin /

REDMOND — Riders from Central Oregon were among some of the top finishers at the Oregon High School State Equestrian Teams competition, which concluded Sunday at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.

The Central District — which includes competitors from area high schools — boasted several top finishes in individual events during the four-day competition. Summit’s Megan Foster won barrel racing with a time of 14.61 seconds, while Ridgeview’s Savannah Geist placed second in 14.64. Redmond High’s Region Hayden won individual flags with a time of 8.46 seconds. Redmond’s Rosie Skinner took the gold in showmanship. And Sisters High’s Olivia Chandler beat out 34 other riders in the hunt seat over fences event.

Sisters High School’s Cammi Benson placed top three in high point performance riders, Kate Campbell of Bend High School was top three in versatility riders, and Hayden was top three in high point team contributor.

The Central District took the gold in two team events. The Mountain View team of Delaney Hood, Justine Heywood and Mikaela Koellermeier won team penning. Redmond’s Mickaela Cyrus, Kaycee Hansen, Billie Richardson and Region Hayden took first in freestyle fours drill.

Over 500 riders from eight OHSET districts battled one another in 25 events at the state meet. The Willamette District won the high point district title.

For a complete list of medal winners from the state meet, see Scoreboard, at right.